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Cajun Shrimp and Rice (Easy One-Pot Recipe!)

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This One-Pot Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe is spicy, satisfying, and so easy to make. It makes a perfect weeknight dinner, because it is ready to eat in just 30 minutes. Learn how to make Southern-style shrimp and rice with this skillet dinner recipe that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!

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You are going to love this hearty, Louisiana-style dish made with succulent shrimp, vegetables and rice. It is perfectly seasoned and bursting with piquant Cajun flavor, but is so simple to make. Best of all, everything gets cooked together in one pan. That means minimal cleanup is required to prepare this quick and tasty meal. ♡

How to Make Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Full instructions are included in the recipe below. But as a brief overview, to make this easy Cajun shrimp and rice recipe, simply:

  1. Cook the veggies: Sauté a vegetable medley of chopped onion, celery and bell pepper in a bit of olive oil and butter. These three vegetables are collectively known as “the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine”, as they provide the flavor base for the dish.
  2. Add the spices: Next, stir in a blend of Cajun spices and lightly cook them until fragrant. Gently cooking the spices allows them to bloom and release their aromas.
  3. Stir in the rice & broth: Add the rice and broth. Leave everything alone to cook, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.
  4. Add the shrimp & lemon juice: Add the shrimp to the pot and allow it to cook for a few minutes until it is pink, curled and opaque. Finally, give your rice a good squeeze of lemon for a bit of brightness and balance out the heat from the Cajun seasoning. Dinner is served! 🙂

How easy is that?! This is truly a fast and simple Creole-style dinner recipe that is absolutely bursting with flavor.

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More Rice Dinner Recipes

Looking for more tasty rice dinner inspiration? Here are a some of my favorite recipes on the blog:

If you make this Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Cajun Shrimp and Rice (Easy One-Pot Recipe!)

Close-up overhead view of a bowl of Cajun Shrimp and Rice on a dark background.
This Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe is so simple to make. Learn how to make Southern-style shrimp and rice with this spicy one-pot dinner recipe.
Alia Kay
4.80 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 4 servings
Calories 258 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium pot or skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  • Add onion, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until softened.
  • Add garlic, paprika, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in rice and broth. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is almost cooked through.
  • Stir in the shrimp and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, until shrimp is pink and opaque.
  • Stir in the lemon juice. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Shrimp and Rice (Easy One-Pot Recipe!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
258
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
8
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
516
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
240
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
45
g
15
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
1129
IU
23
%
Vitamin C
 
29
mg
35
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Cajun Shrimp and Rice, Shrimp and Rice, Spicy Shrimp and Rice

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is great! I used chicken broth instead of vegetable and also added andouille sausage instead of shrimp. The spice is great and those who I’ve made it for loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this last night and used both sausage and shrimp because my family is big on meat.. and they absolutely loved it.. thanks so much.!

  3. 5 stars
    Into week 3 of cutting out added sugars and thought I’d try this as have been eating the same kind of meals since I started. Absolutely loved it, even though I left out all the spice as I don’t like spicy food it was still extremely flavoursome. May I just ask though, where does the 3g of sugar come from? Is it just from the white rice?

    1. Hi Ed! I like to use large or jumbo shrimp, but really any size of shrimp will work in this recipe – that’s why I didn’t specify the size in the ingredients list. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and my goodness what a good and easy recipe to follow! I added chicken to it for a little extra and it came out amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed it!!

    1. Hi Lisa! That makes me so happy! I am so glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed the recipe! You’re very welcome and let me know if you try any of my other recipes! 🙂

  5. Can you make this less spicy? I can’t handle very spicy things & I’m afraid this might be too much for me but I would LOVE to try it! It sounds so good!!!

    1. Hi Kelly! Definitely! To make this recipe less spicy, just lessen or omit the cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. The spiciness/heat in this dish comes mostly from those two ingredients. 🙂

  6. 4 stars
    A very good recipe but came out a little spicy. Also my rice was not done within the 15 minutes. I think the next time I cook this, I will cook the rice all the way through and cook the shrimp separately and add it to the rice at the end.

    1. Hi Martha, thank you for your feedback! If you found the recipe a bit too spicy, then you can just leave out the cayenne pepper or the crushed red pepper flakes, or you can omit both. Also, if you found that your rice was not done by the time you finished the recipe, you could just cook the rice for a few minutes longer next time, and then add the shrimp at the end. But it’s totally up to, I just wanted to provide my suggestions to you. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my go to meals! I switch the protein with chicken, sausage and have made my own changes over the years with the spices. I came back to reprint this recipe because my original recipe print is wrinkled, full of stains and almost ineligible to read! I’ve been cooking this recipe for over 6 years. Thank you for this amazing staple to our home!!

    1. Hi Diana, what a lovely comment! Thank you so much for letting me know. 🙂 You are very welcome, please let me know if you try any of my other recipes!